Everything Written on A Real Green Life in 2020

Everything Written on ARealGreenLife in 2020

This post lists everything I wrote in 2020, organized by category. Thanks so much for reading along. I'll be back with more in 2021!


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Growing Food and Fodder 

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Queensland arrowroot ​(Cana edulis) provides food for us, food for chickens, pigs, cattle and goats, mulch and/or compost material, and shelter for other plants. It’s super easy to grow and to harvest and it self-propagates to a certain extent but is not weedy or invasive. And I think it looks beautiful. What more could a polyculture food grower ask?

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About ​how the ginger ​growing in ​our garden has inspired successful homemade sauerkraut in ​our kitchen, which in turn has inspired better maintenance of the ginger plants in ​the garden. Sauerkraut recipe included.

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Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) has a long ​history of use ​for ​food, medicine, cordage, and dye. Here are some ideas ​for ​​making use of the ​free food and fertilizer ​that this under-appreciated weed has to offer.

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Okinawa spinach (Gynura crepioides) is an edible, nutritious, prolific, and low maintenance ground covering plant. It looks good enough to landscape with. And the more you eat it, the better it looks.

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Sweet Violet (Viola odorata), is a shade-loving, ground-covering plant with a super-long list of nutritive, medicinal, and sense-pleasing attributes.

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A vegetable from the tropical highlands of Papua New Guinea, rungi (Rungia klossii) is an attractive, edible, nutritious year-round ground cover for the tropics and semi-tropics.

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This post uses a pumpkin patch to illustrate how interrelated elements in a vegetable garden, an orchard, or any living system, are healthier and happier than isolated fragments of life existing alone.

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About ​how the ginger ​growing in ​our garden has inspired successful homemade sauerkraut in ​our kitchen, which in turn has inspired better maintenance of the ginger plants in ​the garden. Sauerkraut recipe included.

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Wild edibles (aka weeds) provide better nutrition than supermarkets ever can, for free.

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Minerals are ​essential to life, but they’ve become dramatically less available to us in the food we eat. This article explores why.

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Assuming you’re eating the healthiest plant foods, grown in the healthiest soil, that you can find or afford, what else can you do to increase your mineral intake without using pills?

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Industrialized food is a commodity, a hollow copy of what it was before it was disconnected from the web of life that gifts it to us – just as a tiger in a zoo is a hollow copy of the real, wild thing.

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Regenerative gardening and farming has an intention to both feed people AND to leave the surrounding web of life stronger, richer, more complex and more resilient, rather than less so.

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“Normal” is what we see around us all the time. “Natural” remembers the connection and belonging within which we emerged as a species. An absence of the connections that were natural for us leaves us uneasy, disorientated, and prone to suspicion and hostility.

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In our culture, control and separation are given more importance than compassion and relationship.
To illustrate what I mean, here’s a comparison between the dominant approach to healthcare and the marginalized, “alternative” approaches.

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Logical, rational thinking understandably sees things as separate. ‘I am me; everything else is something “other” than me.’ There is another way to see things. Through a lens of interbeing, I am still me, but now I recognize that I’m closely related to everything that the mindset of separation calls “other.”

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How women, and older women in particular, can contribute to peace and well-being for families, communities, and the wider web of life.

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The logical mind wants to muscle its way to the results we want; when muscle is inadequate to the task, we think we’ve failed and we’re out of options.
The heart, on the other hand, is not afraid to invoke the results we want by the quality of our attention and the power of our desire to give what we don’t physically have to give.

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Growing Up, for Adults  

The 2020 posts in this category make up a 10-part Series called "When Nothing You Can Do Makes a Difference," which is also available as a free download. Learn more about the Series and download it here, or read it post by post below.

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(1st in a Series) Everything we need to create a more just, alive, abundant and beautiful world exists today. Why aren’t we using it?

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(2nd in a Series) Here is a way of looking at even the really big challenges that breaks them down to a manageable size.

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(3rd in a Series) How to focus your energy where you can be most effective, rather than wasting it on things that you cannot make any difference to.

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(4th in a Series) How your taking care of your “response-ability”—your ability to choose your own responses—increases your personal power and expands your influence.

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(5th in a Series) By prioritizing what is important over what is urgent, you can live a more spacious, meaningful, satisfying life.

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(6th in a Series) The idea that you need motivation and will power to reach your goals is part of a story that says if we use enough of the right kind of force, we’ll get to the goal. There is an easier way.

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(7th in a Series) There are ways to set up your distractions on purpose so that they still lead you in the right direction.

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(8th in a Series) In our make-it-happen culture, making a difference to anything means grunting and sweating, burning the candle at both ends, making herculean efforts. It’s an that approach keeps us in battle mode and sustains drama and conflict.

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(9th in a Series) As within, so without. How we care for our innermost selves, each other, and our planet, are all linked. As urgent as it may seem to address those issues “out there,” it’s essential to begin “in here.”

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(10th in a Series) When you do the deep personal work necessary to give up conflict (internal and external), this invisible choice wields power out of all proportion to its humble appearance.

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